Fish Out of Water: Expat Food Bloggers

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Don’t hate me because I live in Paris (or Istanbul, or Athens, or Shanghai, or Lucca….)

You’re an American living abroad.
As a food lover, your senses are attuned to the gastronomic potential. The new, the exotic, the unfamiliar; you’re like a kid in a candy shop. There are markets to explore, street foods to brave, unknown traditions to embrace, and cooking techniques to learn.

Or, you’re an American living abroad. 
As a food lover, you’re committed to recreating the culinary comforts of home. Your palate is fatigued by the ‘foreignness’ of the local cuisine, and you’re challenged to reproduce the familiar in an alien setting.

It’s like the state of Minnesota picking up and moving.

The State Department estimates that there are more than 5 million Americans residing abroad, not even counting military and government postings. That is a lot of expatriates—collectively they would make up the 21st most populated state.

You’ll find expatriate food bloggers on every continent.
Some wear their homesickness on their sleeves, with tales of the hunt for Kellogg’s Cornflakes in Guangdong Province and picture-perfect Thanksgivings recreated in Capetown. Others share the gastronomic wonders of their adopted homeland with the enthusiasm of an appreciative newcomer.

The best of the expatriate bloggers help us understand the fundamental ways in which the local culture of food defines identity—of the residents, the visitors, and the larger society. Here are some of our favorites:

Susie’s Big Adventure follows an American woman (known as Susie of Arabia) who relocated to Saudi Arabia after living in the U.S. for the past 30 years with her Saudi-born husband. It’s a fascinating mix of food journalism and social observation as she shares her great enthusiasm for the culinary traditions and her discontent with the treatment of women in this religious, male-dominated society.

In 2003, an American attorney-turned-freelance-writer moved to Badolato, a medieval walled village on a hilltop in southern Italy that had been the long-ago birthplace of her great-great-grandfather. With a killer name and true insight, she blogs in Bleeding Espresso about Italian food, backyard goats and chickens, and the conflicted emotions of the expatriate life.

Meg Zimbeck is a true Parisian food insider. She contributes to numerous food and travel-related publications and leads culinary walking tours in her adopted city. She is also one of the busier Parisian expat bloggers with a personal food blog and a blog of food photography, Paris Daily Porn, which is on temporary hiatus as she launches a new collaborative food and wine guide Paris by Mouth.

Food Bridge takes you on a stroll through the jumble of European and Middle Eastern cultures that make up current-day Israel. With the sensibility of a cook and the insight of an American outsider, the author illustrates the ways in which individual connections to food can transcend boundaries of religion and nationality.

Each week, the Taxi Gourmet has a food adventure at the hands of a local when she gets in a taxi and asks the driver to take her to their favorite place to eat. Her fearless foraging began when the author was living the expat life in Buenos Aires, and since then, she has gone off the meter on four continents. Armed with a New York City cabbie’s license and a degree in cultural anthropology, she is taking it global with upcoming rides in Berlin, Naples, Istanbul, Beirut and Tehran.

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9 Responses to Fish Out of Water: Expat Food Bloggers

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  2. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  3. Janice says:

    Like I said to fooddreamer…. that’s up next.

  4. What if I’m a European living in the U.S.? 🙂

  5. Great Information as always!

  6. Lora says:

    I love expat blogs. Thanks for these!

  7. Janice says:

    When I started researching this subject, I was really thinking of American expats. But I came across bloggers like you who have their own take on culinary life in the U.S. I’m thinking I need to do another post sharing your side of things.

  8. I am an expat of a different sort…a Canadian living in the US, exploring the culinary culture so different from my homeland (or not!).
    Thanks for providing a great list of blogs!

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